The fashion designer’s name-dropping autobiography ‘The Woman I Wanted to Be’ is fascinating, inspiring, and troubling
By Marjorie Ingall · November 7, 2014
By boasting of enabling Iran’s bloody nuclear hopes, the Obama administration ushers in the age of Renfield and Dracula
By Lee Smith · November 6, 2014
Talmudic Rabbis regulated not just actions but reputations, and left a legacy we debate and refute to this day
By Adam Kirsch · November 4, 2014
At what point does a disagreement between groups of Jews become a point of religious principle, which cannot be compromised?
By Adam Kirsch · October 28, 2014
Daf Yomi: In rabbinic Judaism, study is not merely a pragmatic enterprise, but a religious act in itself
By Adam Kirsch · October 21, 2014
When two mitzvot conflict, the Talmud asks, how do we decide which takes precedence?
By Adam Kirsch · October 14, 2014
Two years and 100 columns in to the Daf Yomi cycle, our critic pauses to reflect on its intellectual challenges and delights
By Adam Kirsch · October 7, 2014
Tread carefully, the rabbis warn, when seeking to understand creation or envision God
By Adam Kirsch · September 23, 2014
Video: Throw away your jars of gray fish patties. This Rosh Hashanah, make a terrine that’ll have doubters asking for seconds.
By Joan Nathan · September 18, 2014
One Middle Eastern nation does indeed pay to influence U.S. foreign policy. Hint: It’s not Israel.
By Lee Smith · September 17, 2014
The Talmud imagines the world as organized for the benefit of Torah sages, even in matters of sex and death
By Adam Kirsch · September 16, 2014
Daf Yomi: The Talmud’s ruling principle is that there is always a correct course of action, since God is watching
By Adam Kirsch · September 9, 2014
Today’s young-adult literature is full of teenagers for whom being Jewish isn’t a Very Important Issue
By Marjorie Ingall · September 5, 2014
Talmudic rabbis debate professional eulogizers, trying to strike a balance between the holy and the mundane
By Adam Kirsch · August 26, 2014
So much of the Talmud is about working the land, and the rules that govern labor, profit, and loss
By Adam Kirsch · August 19, 2014
How the international human rights lawyer could help save Gaza and Lebanon
By Lee Smith · August 14, 2014
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic rabbis debate the value of recycling, upselling, renovation, and sacred trash
By Adam Kirsch · August 12, 2014
What happens when the most authoritative guardians of the tradition are sometimes baffled by the tradition themselves?
By Adam Kirsch · August 5, 2014
Roman Jews have had a long love affair with tomatoes. This recipe for oven-browned ‘pomodori a mezzo’ will show you why.
By Joan Nathan · July 30, 2014
Antic embellishments, like Esther being good in bed, help Talmudic rabbis to more fully explicate the text’s divine meaning
By Adam Kirsch · July 29, 2014
It wasn’t as big as Batman, but ‘Mendy and the Golem’ gave Jewish kids a taste of pop culture—with a rabbinical seal of approval
By Marjorie Ingall · July 24, 2014
Talmudic rabbis, like us, can only study the course of history for the elusive signs of God’s intentions
By Adam Kirsch · July 22, 2014
Nicholas Kristof’s totally reasonable, utterly delusional recipe for peace
By Lee Smith · July 21, 2014